David Romley brings decades of experience in the defense and national security sectors to CLS Strategies, providing strategic counsel and communications support to companies, governments and political leaders around the globe.
Most recently, David served as Senior Vice President at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). As a member of the Center's executive team, he led its fundraising efforts, strategic partnerships, media relations, and overall external relations and brand position for the organization. Prior to joining CNAS, David served as Vice President for Development and Communications at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. David is Managing Partner of DTR Communications, his own communications consultancy that operates at the intersection of policy, politics, and press.
Prior to that time, David served 20 years in the United States Marine Corps as a public affairs officer where he was a press attaché to the Secretary of Defense and a Pentagon spokesman. While there, he developed the department’s response to interagency communication efforts following the capture of Saddam Hussein and during operation Phantom Fury, the battle for Fallajuh, Iraq. He was senior Marine spokesman during combat operations in Afghanistan for General Jim Mattis and Task Force-58, and in Iraq he authored the combined Marine Corps and British Royal Commando communications plan to integrate more than 340 news media representatives into combat operations. As Director of Community Relations for the United States Marine Corps he established its trademark and license office and created the Corps’ signature public outreach and community relations campaign, Marine Week.
David is Senior Advisor at the Hudson Institute, a public policy think tank that promotes U.S. international leadership and global engagement for a secure, free and prosperous future. He was Military Affairs fellow to former Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and is the recipient of the Department of Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star and the Anti-Defamation League’s Global Leadership Award. He was the Defense Department’s distinguished graduate in communications at the University of Oklahoma where he holds a master’s degree, and he received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Arizona.